Why Is Mendy Tevel Still Not On The Sex Offender Registry? (updated 8/4/16 from 7/6/16)

Mendel Tevel

Rabbi Menachem M (Mendy) Tewel (aka Tevel)

On June 8, 2015 ~33-year-old (born 1983) Menachem Tewel (aka Mendy Tevel) was sentenced to one year of imprisonment for repeatedly performing oral sex on a 14-year-old camper over a period of a year.

He was released after serving almost eight months on January 24, 2016 without any prior sex offender hearing. This is unusual. Yet more unusual, is that by now, almost over six months have passed since his release, nine  ten“risk level assessment hearings” were scheduled, and there has still not been any court ruling. Perhaps this is justifiable, but the DA’s office has not offered up any explanations when asked.

Tevel got a sweetheart deal typical of the Brooklyn District Attorney when dealing with the ultra orthodox community with its powerful block vote, and its pattern of witness intimidation. To date, DA Kenneth Thompson has never indicted an ultra orthodox Jew for witness intimidation.

The now-adult victim of Tewel described these intimidation and bribery attempts which were never prosecuted:

During the last few months leading up this day [of sentencing], some have tried to threaten or bribe me to drop the charges. I was offered $200,000 to sign documents stating that I consented to and requested the sexual activity and therefore it was not abuse.

Others have tried the other approach, threatening me that they have 4 girls willing to testify that I raped them and they will come forward after the sentencing. I have been threatened to have my name smeared publicly in our community to the point that my wife and I would “literally” be unable to walk the streets.

Some have gone as far as to approach my wife and attempt to convince her to leave me.

Tevel is married into the wealthy Illulian family of Chabad. This amplifies Tevel’s intimidation reach in Crown Heights. That reach might extend into the office of the Brooklyn DA.

Tewel was charged with 37 felony counts including 9 counts of 1st degree Criminal Sexual Act by Force (B felony PL 130.50.1). If tried and convicted he could have been sentenced for hundreds of years. Instead he pled guilty to five counts of a “criminal sexual act” (E felony PL 130.40.02) and by agreement with the prosecutor, this covered all his other charges. If he had been forced to plead guilty to even a single B felony, he could have easily ended up serving 5-10 years in prison. (See charge sheet at end of post). Continue reading

Mendy Tevel to Be Sentenced to One Year Today

Rabbi Menachem M (Mendy) Tevel (aka Tewel)

Rabbi Menachem M (Mendy) Tevel (aka Tewel)

Mendy Tevel (whose legal name is Menachem Tewel) will be sentenced this morning (6/8/25) In Brooklyn Supreme Court. He pleaded guilty to one count of criminal sexual act in the third-degree in satisfaction of all the charges. He’ll get one year in jail and must register as a sex offender upon release. According to the press office of the Brooklyn Da, the victim was in favor of the plea for many reasons, including that he did not want to testify at trial. I am discouraged that the Brooklyn DA did not bargain for a long probation with conditions which would have helped protect children on his release This follows a long pattern of the Brooklyn DA going easy on orthodox Jewish sex offenders. This is especially important in Tevel’s case because he has in the past worked in his father-in-law’s community center in Los Angeles (JEM). Still more discouraging is that is one of the very few orthodox Jewish sex offenders prosecuted by the Brooklyn DA. I expect even less now that the head of sex crimes is ADA Miss Gregory. See also:

LA Chabad JEM Center Allows Indicted Child Molester Mendy Tevel to Cavort With Kids

LA Chabad JEM Center Allows Indicted Child Molester Mendy Tevel to Cavort With Kids

Los Angeles prosecutor Benny Forer did a FaceBook post:

Menachem Tewel (aka Mendy Tevel at JEM Lag Bomer event 5-18-14

Menachem Tewel (aka Mendy Tevel at JEM Lag Bomer event 5-18-14

Currently at lag b’omer event in LA.

Attached are photos of Mendy Tevel at the parade. Mendy is on a double-decker bus filled with children. It’s for the [Beverly Hills, LA] JEM [Community] Center, an organization run by his father-in-law [Rabbi Hertzel Illulian].

In absolute denial of the truth, they are allowing him to be around children, at a children’s parade.

Tevel HAS pending charges in NY for child molestation!!!

This is outrageous! Shame on the entire Illulian family [his wife’s family which Continue reading